Articles tagged “low-cost carriers”

UK Transport Secretary Reveals Little About Reasoning Behind Electronics Ban

UK Transport Secretary Reveals Little About Reasoning Behind Electronics Ban

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The fact that Grayling’s comments came on the same day as a terrorist attack on London underlines the threat posed. Nevertheless, so many questions remain unanswered: why are the destinations covered different to the U.S.? What about those traveling with hand luggage only? What about insurance? For the moment, there is plenty of confusion.

3 days ago

British Airways Parent Reveals Its Long-Haul, Low-Cost Carrier Level

British Airways Parent Reveals Its Long-Haul, Low-Cost Carrier Level

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's been a quick turnaround for IAG, which only announced plans for a low-cost, long-haul airline in December. The legacy carriers have clearly been spooked by Norwegian's initiatives and are now working to compete in this new landscape.

1 week ago

Ryanair’s Next Target is Challenging Wizz Air in Ukraine

Ryanair’s Next Target is Challenging Wizz Air in Ukraine

Volodymyr Verbyany, Bloomberg

Ryanair mulled North American expansion but then looked at opportunities closer to home and decided it wants to compete with fellow low-cost carrier Wizz Air at its Eastern European hubs in Ukraine and possibly elsewhere in the region.

2 weeks ago

Expect Low-Cost, Long-Haul Airlines to Keep Growing, Trade Group Chief Says

Expect Low-Cost, Long-Haul Airlines to Keep Growing, Trade Group Chief Says

Deena Kamel Yousef, Bloomberg

It's amazing it took this long for low-cost, long-haul airlines to reach critical mass. But IATA's Alexandre de Juniac is right. There's probably no stopping this trend now. People are demanding cheap international flights.

2 weeks ago

Norwegian Shifts Focus at London Gatwick to Focus on Long Haul

Norwegian Shifts Focus at London Gatwick to Focus on Long Haul

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

It's true that competition is tough in London, so it makes sense Norwegian is reducing its short-haul flights. But the trans-Atlantic sector is also hotly contested, and Norwegian may eventually find the same troubles on long-haul routes.

3 weeks ago

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Spirit Airlines is Prepared for United and American’s Basic Economy Fares

Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Under CEO Robert Fornaro, Spirit has gotten the message — legacy carriers do not want discount airlines growing in their hubs. Instead, Spirit has taken much of its new capacity elsewhere, adding flights at medium-sized airports, like Akron-Canton in Ohio.

1 month ago

Norwegian Air is Selling Trans-Atlantic Flights From Small U.S. Airports for $65 One Way

Norwegian Air is Selling Trans-Atlantic Flights From Small U.S. Airports for $65 One Way

Brian Sumers, Skift

This will be a good test. There's no doubt people love low fares, and Norwegian Air will be using a cost-effective aircraft. But is there enough demand from smaller U.S. airports to sustain flights to Europe?

1 month ago

$85 Billion Worth of Planes Not Enough to Meet Demand for SpiceJet in Asia

$85 Billion Worth of Planes Not Enough to Meet Demand for SpiceJet in Asia

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

After some very difficult years due to industry expansion, it looks like SpiceJet is ready to go again. Will it be different this time?

1 month ago

Air France-KLM Gets Union Go-Ahead to Launch a New Airline

Air France-KLM Gets Union Go-Ahead to Launch a New Airline

Andrea Rothman, Bloomberg

Air France-KLM has scored a win. Too bad the plan is unpromising. Yes, its new airline may save on salaries, a good thing given that its staff costs are too high, as a proportion of revenues, relative to its peers. But the project will be costly and distracting.

1 month ago

CEO Interview: Air Asia X’s Plan to Make Cheap Trans-Pacific Flights a Reality

CEO Interview: Air Asia X’s Plan to Make Cheap Trans-Pacific Flights a Reality

Brian Sumers, Skift

Just as Norwegian Air has on trans-Atlantic routes, Air Asia X might disrupt established trans-Pacific players and push down fares. But making money on long-haul flights is tricky, and Air Asia X might decide it has better options closer to home.

1 month ago

Norwegian Air Has Picked New U.S. Bases But It’s Keeping Them a Secret

Norwegian Air Has Picked New U.S. Bases But It’s Keeping Them a Secret

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

Norwegian's reinvention of transatlantic travel is just beginning.

1 month ago

Ryanair Will Set Aside Low-Cost American Dreams to Focus on Europe

Ryanair Will Set Aside Low-Cost American Dreams to Focus on Europe

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

You could argue that Norwegian has beaten Ryanair to the punch, but that would be discounting Ryanair's opportunities to take advantage of the stumbling of European carriers in its existing markets.

2 months ago